FROM Dave Donaldson
McCain Goes to Alaska for a Running Mate John McCain surprised almost everyone today when he named Sarah Palin his running mate. The youngest person ever elected Governor of Alaska, she the first woman in that office. Like McCain she is known as an iconoclast. Palin has served as governor for only two years, and was not among the names being floated by pundits as the most likely choices. She is a member of the NRA, opposes abortion, supports oil drilling in ANWAR. Dave Donaldson is Capitol correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.